The Chilean Fjords Cruise continues
The Norwegian Crown takes us to
Argentina and the Falklands

Laura Weber and I prove that we were in Ushuaia, Argentina, at the end of the world. Surrounded by the rugged mountains of Tierra del Fuego like Mount Olivia. Norwegian Crown looks great against the dark sky in Ushuaia, Argentina

March 18 Freestyle Daily

"On the southern coast of Tierra del Fuego, squeezed between dramatic mountain peaks and the blue Beagle Channel is the islands largest and most attractive town, Ushuaia. Despite the often bitter weather, this is a popular resort town and base". We decided to be tourists and spend the afternoon taking a train ride in first class into the Parque Nacional Tierra del Fuego.

  Nice houses in the countryside We're going to take a train ride at the end of the world--a charming look into the past.
The train was run by and for prisoners originally, to harvest trees to heat the prison and homes of Ushuaia. Lupine adorn the station yard Paul and Laura Buckley and I waited for our first class seats, including drinks and a snack.
The train ran alongside a river "Charles Darwin" The prisoners cut trees winter and summer--in winter the stoops were taller.
Engines are switched for the return trip, which gives me time to take a picture with The Conductor--thank you very much! Red marks show the shipwrecks around Tierra del Fuego and Cape Horn
Captain Hoethe took us up close to see Cape Horn--83 kph winds and 35' seas didn't bother the Norwegian Crown. I always hoped it would be like this. Australians Ian and Vivienne, Sue and Graham-- loved the weather at the Horn
The Falkland Islands are about 522 miles northeast of Cape Horn, a dependency of the UK, with a population of about 2500. Sheep grazing and wool exports and licensing of foreign fishing vessels are the industries. A little bit of Britain in the South Atlantic--complete with tea shops and Cadbury chocolate. During our visit Stanley was preparing to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the liberation of the island. Whatever would Argentina have made of all that Britishness?
Penguins? Where are they? Most of the penguins had left by the time we arrived. A lazy penguin comes out of its burrow for a picture. This same beach was covered with Magellanic penguins only a month before, and with Argentine troops 25 years before.
An old gun installation rusts on the cliffs.   The Lady Elizabeth, damaged in gales around Cape Horn (1913), hit a rock in Berkeley Sound, now rests in Whalebone Cove .
Kneelers at the well-furnished Christ Church Cathedral were all needlepoint Stained glass windows in the Falklands? Dan and Kathleen O'Donnell shop in the local supermarket.
An older, simpler church down the road Government House, Stanley, complete with greenhouse attached. Notice anything odd about the Falkland Ponies?
What kind of ducks are these? White rings around their eyes. WWI Memorial The Jhelum--also damaged off Cape Horn, scuttled in the Falklands--the oldest wreck (1870)
Falklands Museum items from settlers times Foxhole items from the 1982 war Old Dutch map of the Falklands location, charting the Magellan Channel, but not showing Beagle Channel
The Alexander von Humboldt, a German owned ship, had been to Antactica. We saw her in several ports. Christ Church Cathedral with whalebone arch ( the southernmost cathedral) Leaving East Falkland around 6 p.m., we watched the sunset
After a day at sea, we awoke to the sunrise and found ourselves in Puerto Madryn, Argentina. A tree is carved into exotic shape in Puerto Madrynn. Puerto Madryn is the entry point to tour the Valdez Peninsula; I went for a walk instead.
I went for a walk and stopped at a bar on the beach where I had a view of the Crown. Tango dancers with the local folk dance group The dancers came aboard for a mid-afternoon show.
Rosemary and Doug were an intriguing couple. The colorful peacock. Rosemary made me take off my glasses.
I wrote a letter to the Captain asking for a tour of the bridge and was invited, along with a few others, to visit the bridge on our final afternoon at sea, before docking in Buenos Aires.
Why I like cruising---   Captain Hoethe shows us our course
The Captain's chart, showing our route in red. On the Bridge with Captain Hoethe Radar screen showing our course and surrounding vessels or icebergs.
Captain Hoethe with John and Carol Wilkinson of Baltimore Our last stop-- Montevideo, Uruguary The last nite's gala entertainment, with all the staff waving goodbye.
We arrived in Buenos Aires on Sunday morning and went for a tour of the city. Please join me for our extended days in Buenos Aires.